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La Parcela - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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87
very good

608 Ratings
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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 47
Gots: 70 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-04-2008)
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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Typical Jolly Pumpkin beer (for better or worse)- lots of tangy sourness up front that obscure the other ingredients a bit, you have to wait for the finish for the other notes to shine through. Pours amber with some cloudiness and a fair number of suspended particles which definitely makes it a bit murky. Smells tart, with some spice notes that develop and some apple. The taste is similar, quite tart with green apple notes up front, along with some sharp spiciness that develops further toward the finish, and finally some creamy cocoa and nutmeg notes at the very end. Tart and crisp, but with a touch of creaminess at the end. Not bad, but you can't tell it's a pumpkin beer.

Georgiabeer, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of stimulus
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a one finger white head (I personally like to drink the yeast, so I poured it in this one, and it went from clear to hazy quickly).
S: Sour, funk, and a little bit of sweet pumpkin in the background.
T: Funky on the initial taste, with oak flavors accenting the funk. It then fades to a smooth, lingering pumpkin finish.
M: Smooth, light bodied, and well carbonated.
D: Pretty impressive, very very different, but they finally brewed a pumpkin beer, and it has the brettanomyces and oak flavors that highlight all of their beers.

stimulus, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of AndrewNations
3.55/5  rDev -8%

Appearance- Orangesih Amber. little lacing

Smell -Very little pumpkin and more sourness than anything.

Taste - The firs taste the pumpkin is great and works well with the sourness. After that, I find the sour overtakes the pumpkin and is the star of the show. Its not bad but id prefer the pumpkin to last the entire glass.

This was isn't bad at all and offers something familiar to Jolly Pumpkins fans.

AndrewNations, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of getgetgettleman
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

Batch 598. Bottled 8/11/10.

A-Beautiful pumpkin/orange/bronze amber hue. Medium lace.
S-Roasted squash/pumpkin. Pepper and oak.
T-Like the Smell, the taste reminded me of roasted squash/pumpkin. A positive thing! Medium fall spice intensity of pepper, dried sage, nutmeg, and cumin.
M-Because of its roasted root vegetable aroma, I was expecting more spice on the finish. Though warming at first taste, I was underwelmed.
D-Certainly an easy drinker for those looking for a Holiday ale to share with friends.

getgetgettleman, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
4.13/5  rDev +7%

Pours a bright, clear orange with about an inch of brilliant white, foamy head that leaves attractive, sticky lacing. The nose is overwhelmed by the musty funkiness of Jolly Pumpkin's signature yeast strain, which is one of the most distinctive and unique in American craft brewing. Some balsamic vinegar acidity peeks through, and just the slightest trace of pumpkin pie spice. First impressions do not indicate that this beer contains pumpkin. The first sip of this beer may throw you for a loop, as it's surprisingly sweet for a Jolly Pumpkin beer. You're hit with a burst of intense brown sugar and toffee sweetness that disappears almost instantly, revealing a crisp, sharp funkiness that fades into light pumpkin pie spice and hints of mild pumpkin sweetness. The back end is subtly tart. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with prickly, invigorating carbonation

DaveHS, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip. Batch 611, bottled August 18th, 2010. This batch is 5.9% alcohol.

Cloudy liquid is a gradient of flame and pumpkin with touches of lighter and darker oranges and browns in the highlights. A massive dense bulbous crown of pale sunset foam leaves an ornate battlement of Belgian lace around the sides of the glass as it recedes by half. Superior retention.

Lush complex nose suggests papaya, wild yeast, white wine (oak), roasted winter squash, faint pink peppercorn, cinnamon and clove, as well as light citrus (tangerines and Japanese citrus). Very evocative and unique.

A sour pumpkin ale. This is not something I would expect to enjoy, but it really works. A farmhouse ale intermingling with an Autumn seasonal is a great idea. The rooty sweetness, very faint bittersweet cocoa, and winter spices are well balanced against mild hops and a tart complex yeastiness with hints of dark cherry and other microbral contributions from the oak. Hints of lemon curd, cider vinegar, and brown sugar in the finish - excellent. No wood or char, nor a deep roasted vegetal flavor, nor any diacetyl.

Effervescent, medium bodied, creamy, and lightly warming.

Probably the most drinkable example of the style I've tried: simultaneously rich and refreshing. Rating to style, this is a great achievement.

augustgarage, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +3.6%

I was super stoked to come across this one, granted, it was found a little bit beyond the Halloween season, but who cares? I've become a fan of Jolly Pumpkin and was happy to see it and even happier to drink it. Review is from notes taken on 11/18/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a moderately light coppery/orange color; starts with a full 2 finger, thick, off-white head with great retention; body is a little cloudy, but still shows strong and fast tiny bubbles of carbonation plowing through the body; the only lacing is left behind from each sip and is made up of tiny spots and one fair swath.

Smell: Definitely a JP beer with that funky brett and tart fruity/saccharine sweetness; nice sweet pumpkin mash and pumpkin pie spiciness (nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, etc.).

Taste: Interesting to say the least -- the pumpkin aspect and spiciness blends well with some tart and citric apple-esque acidic flavors; brett funkiness is definitely present and adds to the tartness; beyond the brett, the time in the barrel doesn't seem to be having too much of an affect on this one, aside from perhaps a bit of a vanilla-sweetness that blends in with the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spicy flavors.

Mouthfeel: Body is light to medium in weight; carbonation is present and firm, but not sharp; a thick and semi-dry coating is left on the roof, but, at the same time, the cheeks are left moist and the mouth feels like it's watering just a bit; not as puckeringly tart as some of JP's other beers, but it does have just a bit of that bite to it to keep it interesting.

Drinkability: Not bad and it's a nice seasonal treat that I was happy to get a hold of. This is one that I don't think that I would want to try to age as I feel the spiciness would fade out too much and it would become a bit boring. Nice flavors that keep it interesting and a solid, fun mouthfeel... While it's not something that I would reach for on a daily basis, it's definitely something I'll look forward to again.

bamadog, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Lolli1315
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

A- Orange color with some slight gold as well. Billowing pillowy head that won't go away as the lacing sticks tightly to the glass.

S- The beautiful Jolly Pumpkin barnyard funk dominates the smell, but there are other aspects beneath it. A sweet malt is noticeable along with small traces of pumpkin pie spices, but besides the sweetness everything is mostly drowned out by the funk.

T- Up front you get a quick dose of pumpkin, maybe not so much the spices but of actual pumpkin, with slight spices before the the middle of the beer jumps into the barnyard funk. The barnyard flavors stay put as the yeast spicy notes give rise to a burst of sours towards the end of the beer. As the flavor fades, the sour notes linger along with a familiar funky band aid after taste. What a take on a pumpkin beer, I love it!

M- Medium body with crisp carbonation and a souring puckering sensation in the back of the throat. Very satisfying

D- Easy drinker, the sour aspect takes some away as well as the funky aspects, but wow. If you are looking for a traditional spiced pumpkin ale, I suggest walking away from this one. If you are instead tired of a lot of the boring pumpkin ales out there, don't hesitate to grab this one.

Lolli1315, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of JAXSON
3.63/5  rDev -6%

2010 bottle. Pours a clear rosy peach orange with lots of bubbles flying around and a thick white head. Nose is very typical Jolly Pumpkin house funk, of course a good dose of oak, tart apples, maybe some light cinnamon or allspice. There actually is a nice pumpkin tone in the flavor that I wasn't expecting, as I thought this would pretty much be an exact replica of Fuego del Otono. Pumpkin comes across with a light sweetness, balanced by a light sour oak and spices. As I expected, light flavor profile, non-offensive, though not exciting to me. Standard for the recent Jolly Pumpkin batches, just not the same rich barrel presence and flavor expressions of years past.

JAXSON, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

on tap in tulip glass at devils den in philly

Pours a hazed golden orange with a frothy head which slowly dissipates into a nicely retained film.

Plenty of funk, pumpkin, spice and a little sweet in the nose.

Begins with a nice round sourness coupled with some spiciness. Pumpkin is light and underpronounced, which is great for me. A little oaky and sweeter towards the end. Finished very dry and tart.

Medium body, dry, almost puckering sour at times. Lively drinking, bright flavor and probably the first pumpkin beer I actually liked. Lower abv is nice too, allowing the tart and flavor to shine without any alcohol warmth.

xnicknj, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

A: The beer is hazy orange in color; some particles are visible floating in suspension. Gently swirling the glass produces a rather large head.
S: The aroma is slightly sour and has some notes of funkiness.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather tart and sour with notes of spices and oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The tartness and spices in this beer make it one that probably needs to be sipped.

metter98, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Sampled on 11-8-10
Batch 610
Bottled on 8-20-10

Pours a very cool orange color, completely cloudy, with an immense white head that sits an inch thick and doesn't move. No lacing, as the whole head just slides down.

Smell is sweet and fruity at first, then a pleasant sourness comes through. Very delicate, with deeper aromas of caramel and pumpkin as it warms.

Taste is very tart and sour, with just a hint of pumpkin spice coming through. Not as sweet or interesting as I had hoped, but balanced and well made.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated to go with the tartness, but also has an enjoyable thickness.

Drinkability is good, lower abv makes for a nice sour session beer.

Overall, a good beer, but could have been better,

BMoney575, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

750ml bottle, poured into a tulip and enjoyed while handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. If they had only known what was in my glass, those kids would have thrown the candy back at me and demanded a sip ;)

The beer is darker than I imagined it would be. It's a reddish orange color with copper and amber touches. The beer is cloudy and a bit eerie looking - perfect for all Hallows Eve. Some beautiful lace is left behind as the white head subsides.

La Parcela has a very pleasant smell, but it could be more in line with the pumpkin ale theme. It only has very faint hints of cacao and spices (nutmeg and cinnamon). It's more of a funky beer - a slight tart and sour touch is complimented by brett and a touch of sweet malt. The yeast added more spices than the JP crew, and I get hints of funk and herbs, and a touch of black pepper. Interesting but I'd like to sense more festive notes of chocolate and ginger and cinnamon. This is the exact opposite of Southern Tier Pumking.

The taste is really great if I put aside the expectations that I'll be bowled over by a deluge of chocolate and spices. There's caramel malt and some nice hints of ginger. The pumpkin flesh is present, adding some nice vegetable and fruit tones. The beer has some wildness but not the normal JP brett, which I'm not a huge fan of. Instead, a tart edge and lemon and ginger notes present a flavor almost reminiscent of tea.

The beer has a medium body and just enough carbonation to make this feel good in my mouth. It isn't as carbed as other JP offerings that literally jump out of the bottle. The beer is very drinkable, but I can't help but wonder if this is a trick. While I enjoyed this, I can imagine JP would do much, much better with this beer if they abandoned the "less is more" routine for one seasonal. To me, a seasoned beer drinker, this is a treat to be savored. To an average beer drinker taking a chance on a beer described as having spices and cacao nibs, this may be a dissapointment

jampics2, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

1L growler received in a trade with psprings. Thanks Paul! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Bright orange in color, crystal clear...nice finger of white foam that falls fairly quickly and leaves behind a thin collar and sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Spicy cinnamon over a healthy dose of barnyardy funk...great surprise - didn't know this had brett. Some pumpkin aroma comes thru with the spice. This smells pretty amazing - pumpkin pie and brett.

T - Bretty, barnyard funk, pumpkin over the top of lactic sourness at the base. Nice combo with the light spices and some light malt sweetness around the fringes.

M - A bit on the thin side of medium bodied. Mid level carbonation, just enough tingle to give it some life. Nice barnyard funk on every inhale enhancing the spicy nature underneath.

D - This was a very pleasant surprise. Funky pumpkin beer...gotta love it. A somewhat unique take on the pumpkin beer. Very interesting and enjoyable...pretty easy drinker with lots of character.

portia99, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

750 mL bottle, Batch 610, bottled on my mother's birthday of all days,

A: Pours a dark cloudy orange with a huge white head, had to wait a bit to drink it. Leaves lots of lace.

S: Pumpkin flesh, very squashy with some lemon and acid. Some winter spice.

T: Sweet citrus with a moderate acid. The pumpkin and spice flavour is light (compared with the nose), but it is there.

M: Moderate acidity, medium-bodied, dry slightly bitter aftertaste.

D: Interesting beer for sure. I got more of a classic JP beer compared to a pumpkin beer; this is nowhere near as overt as most pumpkin beers on the market. But it is tasty, and with the dearth of pumpkin beers in CA, it was certainly nice to see another one.

Halcyondays, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

on-tap at Saraveza in Portland, OR

appearance - orange/amber, sticky lace, foamy head

smell - pumpkin, nutmeg, spice, cinnamon

taste - surprisingly tart, pumpkin and nutmeg, cinnamon and spice, fairly subtle and a bit overwhelmed by the tartness

mouthfeel - medium body and carbonation

drinkability - flavorful, a bit unique for a pumpkin beer

djbreezy, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Batch 604, bottled on 8-17-10.

Appearance: Pours golden with a half finger of head that sticks around for a while.

Smell: Usual Jolly Pumpkin tartness, oak and spices, some subtle pumpkin as it warms up.

Taste: Really funky off the start. I'm getting some oak, funky yeast, mild pumpkin and the cocoa and spices. Not your typical pumpkin beer, but then again, pumpkin beers tend to taste like pumpkin pie (all spice!).

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Definitely going to pick up another bottle of this. Not the typical overly sweet pumpkin pie spiced bomb. Very enjoyable and interesting take on a pumpkin beer from Jolly Pumpkin.

Axic10, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of John_M
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%

On tap at Max's. Casey must have bought a bunch of this, as it's been on tap for over a month now.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, honey orange color with good head retention and lacing. The draft version of this beer seems to have developed a bit, as I'm not getting a bit of honey and sour funk, along with the pumpkin spices. It's attractive. On the other hand, the beer seems to have deteriorated a bit when it comes to the flavor profile. I now get very little pumpkin spice, and the sour and slight hoppy bitterness seem to dominate. The beer has something of a peppery finish, and is fairly dry. The initial light sweetness is barely noticeble in the face of the light sour and pepper. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit thin, though I'm sure the low abv. is partially rsponsible for that. The beer finishes fairly well, and drinkability isn't bad.

While still not what I was hoping for from Jolly Pumpkin, this is still one of the more interesting pumpkin beers out there (assuming this beer even qualifies - there really isn't a whole lot of pumpkin going on at this point.). Not terrible...

John_M, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of Onibubba
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%

Sampled this one for Halloween. Typical JP pour, meaning nice carbonation and nice head. Dark auburn body, nice off white head. Aroma is all JP funk, and to be honest, not that different from La Roja. And, I am sorry to say, taste follows suite. Some oak, some dark fruits and apples. Lightly tart and funky. But spice? Not getting it. Not getting it in the nose not getting it in the taste. That being said, this is a delicious beer, and I would definately buy it again. But as a pumpkin beer, this one falls short.

Onibubba, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%

La Parcela

A pumpkin ale...from Jolly Pumpkin? MADNESS! This bottle was received in a trade from Bulbman and poured into my perfect pint glass. Batch 610, bottled 8-13-10.

A: pours a cloudy tangerine, obscuring my fingers behind to scattered shadows. A sticky, poofy one-finger head of light sandy orange caps the pumpkin-colored brew, setting up camp for quite a while. Lovely, super-thick webs of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

S: from the smell of it, this will be my first experience with a sour pumpkin beer. Tart lemon, apricot, wheat. In the background is an enticing sweetness: pumpkin puree! A tiny bit of spices (clove and nutmeg) round it all out. Interesting.

T: the tartness from the nose drops off dramatically here. It's still present in the form of lemon juice, but in a largely subdued manner. There might be a bit of sweet pumpkin, but I'm struggling hard to find it. Spicy clove and cinnamon emerge slightly as the beer warms, but there's no hint of the cacao the label so proudly proclaims. The finish is obliterating: upon the swallow, pretty much all semblance of flavor is washed away; only a lingering soft tartness remains. Crisp, for a wild ale. I actually enjoy it more between sips than I do while drinking.

M: soft and smooth about the palate, medium-light in body, with a medium-light peppery carbonation.

D: La Parcela holds no secrets. It's more tolerable as the beer warms, but I became tired of the beer halfway through the bottle. There just isn't enough complexity -- or enough pumpkin.

Phelps, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of paulozanello
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Found this on draft at Pizzeria Paradiso in DC.
Pours a hazy orange brown color with a thin white head and little retention
Smell is faint. Mainly Brett tartness with some floral spicy notes.
Taste Follows the nose with tart start, lots of funkyness and a spicy hint of cinammon and nutmeg towards the very end.
Body is moderate to light with moderate carbonation. This has an amazing aftertaste leaving your mouth salivating.
Different than your average pumpkin beer. I wonder if it is in the right category (maybe wild ale?). But you just gotta love Jolly Pumpkin!

paulozanello, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of BierFan
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

Batch 579. Bottled on 8/10/10. ABV of 5.9%.

Appearance: Two fingers of off-white foam. Hazy amber body. Great lacing and head retention.

Smell: Certainly smells like a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Tartness. I can't really detect much of the spice.

Taste: The acidic tartness takes center stage like in other Jolly Pumpkin beers. The pumpkin flavor is noticeable fairly quickly but the spices don't emerge until after the tartness has subsided.

BierFan, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Batch 610. Bottled 8/13/10.

The beer pours a yellow-orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma begins as your basic pumpkin ale. I get some nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. However, since it is a Jolly Pumpkin beer, you know there will be some tartness and it is present in the aroma.

The flavor is pumpkin, brett, nutmeg and cinnamon. There is also a low amount of tartness in the flavor, but the beer is more funky than sour.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice, interesting take on a pumpkin beer. Glad I got to try this one.

Mora2000, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

A huge thank you to erikkoppin for sending me out one of the few JP Beers I am yet to review. I have been holding off on reviewing this until today... which is a damn appropriate time seeing as it is Halloween. Cheers Erik!

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear dark amber color into my Jolly Pumpkin pint glass (I'll pour the rest into a tulip - just had to use the appropriate JP glass to start!). About a finger and a half of head are achieved with a careful pour, that dissipates rather slowly leaving what looks like a marshmallow consistency on the top of the beer, and leaves nice looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Honestly, relatively one dimensional which is a somewhat surprise for a JP beer. I get massive amounts of barnyard funk, slight vinegar, and just a hint of spices - I was hoping the spices would show through a bit more. Once this warms up a bit I may re-visit this section if the spices make themselves a bit more prevalent.

Taste - Woah. Wipe away the slight disappointment with the aroma. The taste smacks you in the face immediately. As I always state in my reviews, Jolly Pumpkin has its own "style" which everyone is aware of (and if they are not they rate accordingly, heh). Every beer has a funk twist to it. This is no different. However, just as I was pleasantly surprised when I tried Fuego Del Otono, Autumn Fire, this beer has a very different approach to the normal JP I am used to. The initial flavor is of sweet brown sugar/caramel, yet oddly this still makes me pucker. This sweetness is gone considerably fast which leads to a clean and crisp barnyard funk - it is more tart than funky/musty. While I really am searching for pumpkin flavor within this beer, the spices make themselves known at the tail end of the sip. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa. The sweet and sour flavors meld amazingly. Erik wasn't joking when he said this is one of his favorite offerings by JP.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, a tad on the lighter side, moderate carbonation, finishes with a great crisp flavor, which leaves you begging for more.

Drinkability - So much so. I really wish I could find this on tap out here (non-existent in CA sadly) because if I did, I would drink about 10 pints of these. Not over the top like some of the other JP beers where a bomber is plenty...this one is insanely easy to quaff and as stated, the flavors really do meld into making this a nice sweet and sour beer. Damn good, damn enjoyable. Very glad I was able to try this.

SpdKilz, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

750 mL bottle, at least a year old, poured into my Duvel tulip.

La Parcela pours somewhere between a crystal clear orange and deep goldenrod depending on the lighting. The slightly off white head is massive, filling half the glass. It sticks around for a while to boot, and leaves a decent amount of lacing down the sides of the glass. Just a bit more and La Parcela would have garnered a 5 for looks. The nose is completely dominated by whatever critters JP put into this beer, it's straight funk with just a touch of vinegar skulking around in the background. I expected La Parcela to be much more of a wild ale than a pumpkin one at this point , but I can still find evidence of it's pumkin-ness in the flavor. A brief swirl of brown sugar leads off before the wild influence barges in to take center stage. As with the nose, it's more funky than sour, but both are definitely still present. The beer closes with a flourish from some of the traditional pumpkin ale spices, predominantly cinnamon. Mouthfeel is superb, the beer is light and nimble without even suggesting a watery characteristic. In addition the carbonation, while high, is a bit more restrained than I find in some wild ales. It's still plenty expressive, but it's not bubbly to the point of distraction. La Parcela is a great beer after a year plus of aging, but I think I might have enjoyed it a bit more a little sooner, when the pumpkin ale aspects were shining through a bit more. Still, all in all a great way to kick off Halloween this year.

axeman9182, Oct 31, 2010
La Parcela from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.